How to Get Your Child to Want to Take a Bath

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Kids are funny. One day they will be begging you for a bath and the next, they will downright, refuse to take a bath. It can be frustrating trying to get your children to take a bath when they don’t want to, but you still need to make sure you instill proper hygiene on them. Fortunately, most parents have gone through one time or another of their child not wanting to take a bath.

Whether your kid is refusing a bath at 2, or 4, or even 11, these tips will do the trick and help your child to want to take a bath. When it comes to bathtime, creativity is the key! 

How to Get Your Child to Want to Take A Bath

getting your child to want to take a bath

Fill the Tub with Bubbles

Whenever your child downright refuses to get in the bathtime, try getting them in the tub by using lots and lots of bubbles. Bubbles work great for getting your child into a bathtub and helping your child smell good after bath. If your child is refusing bathtime because they don’t want you to clean them, bubbles are a great way to compromise.

If regular bubble baths don’t seem to do the trick, try buying cheap character bubble baths from the dollar store.

When you add bubbles to your child’s bathtub, add enough bubbles so the tub is filled.

Try Color Changing Fizzies

Kids love trying new things, so whenever they get ready to take a bath, try adding fun color changing fizzies to the tub. These color changers make water go from clear to your child’s favorite color. Plus the color doesn’t stain or get all over your child.

My favorite Color Changing Fizzies are these ones from Crayola which are sold practically everywhere.

Let Your Kid Color Over the Bath Tub

No, I haven’t suddenly gone insane, but one fun way to get your child into the bathtub is with cool bathtub crayons and paints. These products are made specifically for kids to use in the bathtub and kids love them. They can color all over the bathtub and its fairly easy to get off the side of the tub whenever they are done.

In fact, these crayons are even fun for adults to use. This is probably one of the easiest ways to get your child into a tub, but since the crayons can get expensive, it’s something you don’t want to have to buy every time your child needs a bath.

Try Adding Bath Toys 

Bath toys are one of the best ways to get your child to want to take a bath. In fact, a few weeks ago, my middle child didn’t want to take a bath, so I got him into the tub by giving him a cheap water gun. He thought he had something special and in return let me bath him. He even spent extra time in the tub getting extra clean because he had a new bath toy.

Sometimes bath time is really boring, so if you add toys to your child’s bath routine, it gives them something to look forward to. You don’t have to go out and spend a fortune on bath toys, but if you allow your child to use “regular” non-bath toys, be sure to watch for any signs of molding which can be harmful to your child.

Add Cups and Buckets to Bath Time Routine  

If you don’t have any bath toys on hand, try opting for cups and buckets. Just like at the beach, kids love to have cups and buckets in the water. Kids will play with these simple items all day in the bathtub, if you let them, and they are fairly cheap to buy. With my kids, I let them use those $1 character cups from Walmart and fill up a sand bucket from the dollar store.

But if you don’t want to spend any money, measuring cups and old bowls work great too! I don’t know why, but kids love filling things up in the bathtub. 

Make Bathtime a Fun Game

If your child has a competitive streak or likes playing games you can always make bathtime a game. You don’t have to go out and buy a bathtime game, you can use your own creativity and make one of your own. For example, use a stopwatch to time your child and let them race to beat their previous time. Or try something silly like throwing a ball into a bucket.

Bathtub games are usually a hit with little ones and the games will keep them wanting a bath. 

Reward Your Child for Getting A Bath

Finally, another great way to get your child to take a bath is by rewarding them. Much like a chore chart, offering a child a small trinket, or older child money, can be very beneficial to helping your child want to take a bath. While you will have to be careful not to let your child take advantage of your reward system, rewards are a great way to teach your child that doing something as simple as a bath is a good thing.

Having a child who refuses to bath can be frustrating, but like all other things in parenting, most of the time, this phase ends. There are so many reasons why your child may suddenly stop wanting a bath, so be sure to listen to them and be patient. For more parenting tips check out my parenting section.

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